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Location

Ho Chi Minh

Fee

No fee

Duration

10 months

Date

Ongoing

Ready for a change? Come and teach in exciting Vietnam!

You can support local Vietnamese students in their English education and future life prospects by teaching English at one of these community focussed schools. This is a highly rewarding career opportunity and Ho Chi Minh city offers a lively expat social scene with plenty of teacher meet ups and events.

If you are interested in joining the team and teaching local Vietnamese students of all ages and levels, we'd love to hear from you!

Professional, supportive and friendly environment with full training provided. You can teach at one of the youngest and fastest growing education providers in Vietnam with over 80 English teaching sites, 2 international schools and collaboration with Macmillan and British Council.

Enjoy some great benefits

  • Fixed monthly salary 1,000 - 1,500USD / month (22,800,000-33,000,000 VND) *
  • Up to 24 paid holidays a year
  • Fully furnished accommodation or accommodation allowance of approximately 5,000,000 VND
  • Health insurance
  • Overtime available at 350,000 VND per hour
  • Airport pick up on arrival
  • Contract completion bonus up to 10,000,000 VND
  • Curriculum and teacher support provided to you
  • Ongoing training and development programs
  • Up to 9 paid sick days annually
  • Resign bonus of 10,000,0000 VND where extending contract

* Living costs in Vietnam are very low compared with Western countries and so you can have a great lifestyle on this salary and still save money. Average monthly salary in Vietnam is $150 USD.

Make Vietnam your next TEFL destination!

Requirements

All applicants should be able to provide the following requirements:

  1. University degree
  2. TEFL certificate
  3. Clean criminal record
  4. Native English speaker

We are hiring for August and October 2018 starts.

Why you should apply

  • Ho Chi Minh is an energetic and vibrant city with lots of attractions and a lively expat scene
  • You can enjoy a great lifestyle in Vietnam and save some money to pay off student loans
  • You'll get to work with an international team and have ongoing support from the experienced local management team when you need it
  • You will teach across a wide range of learners, meaning a varied and interesting schedule
  • Rewarding career opportunity and the chance to make a real difference in the lives of local Vietnamese learners by giving them the English language skills they need to succeed

Read Dan's story about teaching in Vietnam.

We asked Dan to tell us about his experience of life in Ho Chi Minh city.

Greetings to you from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I am to be your introduction to living and working here in Ho Chi Minh. As an aside, I’ve been a ESL teacher for the past five years the last two and a half of which have been spent here, and I’m here to relate a few of my experiences to you. I’m here to alleviate a few of the doubts or concerns you may have about moving halfway across the world to start a new life here in Asia.

As soon as you step out of the airport there will be three things that you notice almost immediately. The first is the heat. If you are unaccustomed to +35oC then it can hit you like a wall when you first arrive. Don’t worry, you will become acclimatized to always being slightly sweaty in no time whatsoever. The second thing that you will notice is the sea of people milling around at the arrival doors with signs for other passengers. That’s where you will be greeted by a school employee holding a sign with your name that will assist you into a taxi and take you to your company provided accommodation. The next thing you will notice would be the traffic. This may seem chaotic and intimidating to start with but rest assured that you will have a quick driving lesson before being unleashed on the road. What I want to stress to you is that these things may seem insurmountable when you arrive but the school support team is there for you right when you land and has every new teacher covered.

Life in Ho Chi Minh can be as active or as quiet as you’d like. Nearly every night there is a concert, improve show, or art exhibition to take in. The food scene has exploded over the past few years and you can order any cuisine that you desire. Rush hour traffic can be an inconvenience after a long day of work but it’s just something that you have to deal with. I will also mention that a 25 hour work week may seem like a cakewalk to what you are used to but if you include lesson planning in the evening and spending your day in front of a classroom helping as many students as possible it is exhausting (and rewarding) at the end of the day so if you think that being an English teacher is just a vacation then you are in for a rude awakening. Although if you stick it out you can really see the progress that your students make throughout the year and this makes it all worthwhile in the end. Knowing at the end of the day that you played a large part of a child’s education and development is an immensely enriching feeling.

What I would like to leave you with is a few pearls of wisdom that I’ve picked up over the years I’ve lived here in Vietnam. Always carry a handful of Kleenex in your bag because the pollution can be an irritant or on the other hand you never know if a school you are teaching at provides TP or only has what we colloquially refer to as the “bum gun”. Bring or buy a backpack because purses or messenger bags are prime targets for thieves. Invest in a good helmet because no matter how careful you are, you can never be completely sure of other drivers’ ability especially when starting out. The last piece of wisdom I would like to share with you is to take a break for yourself now and then. So often I see new teachers stressing over every minute detail and let the daily annoyances build up and it leads to a quick burnout. Take up a new hobby while you’re here like indoor rock climbing, playing paintball with a few of the other teachers, or find a nice comfortable café and curl up with a good book. Being an English Teacher in Vietnam is a good life with a high comparable standard of living and a plethora of entertainment to occupy yourself with, it’s definitely not been a regret of the vast majority of teachers that I’ve worked with and hope you get the chance to experience the choreographed chaos that is Ho Chi Minh City.

Read Stephen's story about teaching in Vietnam.

In August we landed in HCMC, and had a few days to settle in before starting work. Our company, did a great job organizing what we needed and giving advice on our first few weeks in the country.

HCMC is already the largest city in Vietnam and expanding rapidly, and the initial impact of how hectic life seems here at first can’t be understated. However, once we’d gotten into the rhythm of the city we found a hugely accommodating and friendly place, full of energy, humour, ambition and excitement.

We were provided extra training before we were assigned to our schools, which gave some valuable context about their particular approach and how TEFL works here.

By the end of September we were teaching four-and-a-half days a week in public schools in the industrial outskirts of the city, and spending our evenings and weekends exploring central Saigon, and occasionally venturing out to the tropical beaches of Phu Quoc and Nha Trang, mountainous alpine landscapes around Da Lat, and renting bikes to travel from Hanoi in the north down through the constantly changing scenery of central Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh trail.

As we reach the end of the school year, I am able to reflect on our time and can honestly say that teaching itself has been by the far the most valuable and rewarding aspect of living here.

Most of my time has been spent teaching secondary school grades 6-8, and the students have been entirely reflective of what makes Vietnam such an amazing place. Moving from a quiet office and a computer to classes of 40+ teenagers and a chalkboard was the biggest adjustment I’ve ever had to make, but thanks to the support of the company and our fellow teachers, I’m left wishing I’d made it earlier.

The schedule is intense at times, and lessons can be difficult when faced with students who are frustrated by work or stressed about exams, but we have developed strong bonds with the students and our schools and will always be grateful for the opportunity to get to know them. Personally I have got everything out of moving here that I wanted to, and I am looking forward another year here before moving home to train as an English Teacher in the UK.

There are many reasons TEFL might appeal to you – I saw it as a means to an end, but it also provides a great long term option if you’re willing to move away for a few years, or even permanently. It’s a great way of earning while travelling, and it’s an opportunity to meet people from all over the world. If you just need to get away for a while, it’s an incredibly rewarding and worthwhile way of using your time, and will leave you better off by the end.

FAQs

What is TEFL?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and once you have completed a TEFL qualification, you can teach ESL abroad in a wide variety of countries. There are a few different types of courses for teaching English in Asia, the UAE and many unique destinations, however TEFL and TESOL courses (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are the most common.

How do I learn TEFL?

You can learn TEFL in a number of ways including university courses and even internships in various locations such as China and Argentina. English Language teaching allows you to broaden your horizons and gain experiences you will not find anywhere else. Learning TEFL will allow you to embark on various different adventures including teaching in Asia, South America and the Middle East and considering global language training is becoming increasingly popular, international schools are always crying out for additional ESL teachers.

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